Global survey reveals most children are not having their first dental check-up on time
A lot of parents are unsure about when they should be taking their children to the dentist so that they can have their first dental checkup. The Australasian Academy of Paediatric Dentistry recommends that parents take their child to see a Paediatric Dentist around their first birthday.
A survey conducted by the FDI World Dental Federations (March 2018) across 10 countries shows that children are not seeing a dentist by the recommended age:
- 13% of parents with children under 18 months took their child to the dentist by their first birthday
Most parents took their child to the dentist between 1-3 years (24%), or between 4- 6 years (22%)
- 20% of parents reported never having taken their child for a dental check-up.
So if your child is older than one, and they haven’t seen a dentist yet – you’re not alone!
Its never too late to bring your child in for their first dental check-up. Better late than never!